McCOLL, S.C. (AP) _ Before Friday, the biggest thing in recent memory here was when basketball star Michael Jordan got stopped for speeding.
Now, this tobacco farming community has a sadder reminder of Jordan: A body found in a swampy creek north of town was identified Friday as that of his father, James Jordan.
A white blanket that was used to cover the body when it was found Aug. 3 still was in the mud at the end of a path that starts at a country road and stops at the water’s edge, about 50 yards from the North Carolina line.
Construction worker Hal Locklear remembered finding the body while fishing.
″I couldn’t tell if it was a man or a woman. I thought it was a mannequin. It was half in the water and half on the branch,″ he told the Florence Morning News. ″My first thought was to get the hell out of there.″
Locklear said he didn’t see any blood and didn’t know if there were any wounds. An autopsy later showed that James Jordan was shot in the chest.
McColl, a town of 2,700, has several restaurants, a bank, a handful of auto repair shops, and little else along its half-mile main street.
″We never have anything like this happen here, that’s why I can’t get over it,″ said Brenda Locklear, a housewife who was sipping coffee and reading the newspaper at Hughie’s Restaurant. She isn’t related to Hal Locklear.
Police Officer Ronnie Quick still remembers the night three years ago he stopped Michael Jordan for speeding in his red Porsche. Jordan was on his way to the Hilton Head Island resort to golf.
Quick said he let Jordan go with a warning.